DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,946 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This hike is not for the faint or weak-hearted. If you are an intermediate or advanced hiker and confident in yourself, then this is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this hike from start to finish. It is a long hike that takes anywhere from 5-7 hours depending on how many breaks you take. Took me 5:17min. If you plan to do this hike, DO NOT take your dog and go with a buddy. There is some difficult terrain on the trail (if you can see the trail) that require hardcore negotiating. Started from Transmountain pass and finished at the south end. Best advice I can give anyone, besides bringing plenty of water and starting early in the morning, is make sure you stay on the ridgeline. You will be tempted to take the lower parts but there is not trail there, just a lot of yucca and cacti that don't feel great. The ridge, and in some parts (especially after McKelligon Canyon) knife-ridge, is the trail. If you look ahead there will be a semblance of a trail but it's easy to lose like most trails in the Franklins. This hike was very rewarding, especially if you do the entire thing!